(Except Clauses 1, 4, 5, 9, 14, 22, 42, 56, 57, 124, 130 to 135, 138, 139, 148 and 184 and Schedules 5, 6, 19 and 25, and any new Clauses and Schedules tabled by Friday 9th May 2003 relating to excise duty on spirits or R&D tax credits for oil exploration.)

Finance Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:30 am on 3rd June 2003.

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Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Vice-Chair, Conservative Party 10:30 am, 3rd June 2003

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome back from the break. I trust you are all refreshed.

I have one housekeeping notice. While I am in the Chair, hon. Members may, if they wish to do so for their comfort, remove their jackets. I cannot speak for Sir Nicholas Winterton or Mr. McWilliam on that point. They will have to exercise their own judgment on your behalf.

Photo of Gerry Sutcliffe Gerry Sutcliffe The Vice-Chamberlain of HM Household

On a point of order, Mr. Gale.

Good morning, and welcome to the Committee. There may be a problem regarding Thursday's planned afternoon sitting. I have notified my opposite number, the hon. Member for Spelthorne (Mr. Wilshire), that we may need to seek a change in the programme, which will mean that the Programming Sub-Committee will need to sit. I hope that that does not cause great inconvenience to the Committee. The proposed change is caused by a clash of Government business on Thursday. We shall endeavour to enable the smooth running of the Committee and due process.

Photo of David Wilshire David Wilshire Conservative, Spelthorne

Further to that point of order, Mr. Gale. I am grateful to my opposite number, the hon. Member for Bradford, South (Mr. Sutcliffe), for speaking to me a few minutes ago. As I said to him, I should be grateful if you would give me a while to talk to my hon. Friends, who have only just discovered what the situation is. We shall co-operate and come back to the Committee as soon as we can with a Programming Sub-Committee resolution.

Photo of Roger Gale Roger Gale Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

I am grateful to both hon. Gentlemen for that information, which I am sure will be of value to the Committee. Should the Committee choose not to sit on Thursday afternoon, the Programming Sub-Committee will have to meet to vary the programme motion. I understand that talks are talking place to see whether it is possible to rearrange business to accommodate other matters and facilitate Members' presence.Clause 43 Land transactions